There is a revolution happening in UK healthcare, and Jeremy Hunt’s wish for a truly paperless healthcare system may well be coming true sooner than he would have dared hope. The Health Secretary, if he was in need of reassurance, need look no further than the healthcare provider here, a hospice that works with end-of-life care. Here, perhaps more than in other sectors of healthcare, patients need to feel confident and reassured, as do their families. The hospice in the article is using the benefits of mobile working to bring that confidence and reassurance to the equation, and the results are promising.
It’s the little things that matter. For example, helping children deal with bereavement through the use of tablets and remote content really makes sense. The aftermath of a death can be horrific and chaotic at the same time, and being able to offer some stability even though you are not, as a carer, at your place of work, means a lot to that child. This is a particularly positive outcome of the mobile working principle, and should serve to help millions of children in the future.
The article shows us that this remote access is also helping in other ways too. Nurses, who may not have the confidence yet, can check their prescription remotely using tablet devices. This allows them to grow in confidence with their work and also develop their own personal prescribing skills. This is obviously improving the health care service overall. The John Taylor Hospice began all of this mobile working in 2010 as part of the government project. What is fascinating here is that productivity reportedly increased by 40%, and most crucially staff were allowed to spend 150% more time with patients. Again, this is all evidence of how mobile working can improve service delivery in quite important sectors.
It is also reassuring to note that access to records while out in the community is improved to. This means that less mistakes are made, better prescription takes place, and overall patient care improved massively. We have been talking about how mobile working has revolutionised the corporate world for some time. We mustn't forget the good work that is done in public health care. Mobile working here can literally save lives.
We look forward to Jeremy Hunt achieving his paperless healthcare service soon. There are connectivity problems, but this will be something that is ironed out and dealt with quite easily as networks become stronger and more reliable. Mobile working continues to make big strides forward, and it is pleasing to see how it can improve the quality of life of people who are suffering and their families too. Long may it continue, and exist as an example of how mobile working can be used effectively outside of the business world.